Last night marked Austrian Wine’s first ever virtual tasting in the US featuring five wines from various areas of Neiderösterreich in order to demonstrate Grüner Veltliner is a grape of many faces. We outline more prep-details in an article posted last week, but to reiterate the official wine line-up was as follows:

Traisental DAC: Weingut Markus Huber Gruener Veltliner 2010 $16-18
Kremstal DAC: Weingut Turk Kremser Weinberge 2009 $20-21
Wagram: Weingut Leth Gruener Veltliner Steinagrund 2010 $18
Weinviertel DAC: Weingut Pfaffl Haidviertel 2010 $22
Kamptal DAC: Weingut Laurenz V Charming 2009 $25

But so many additional, interested twitter-ers joined in with other Grüner Veltliner wines they either had in their cellars or picked up for the occasion. Others producers we saw including Fred Loimer, Fritsch, Forstreiter and more as well as various aged wines. In total we welcomed 198 people to last night’s #WineChat!

So what did we talk about anyway? A lot of tasting notes and opinions were shared – we appreciate everyone’s honest notes. Last night was about discovery, everyone has a different palate. This is part of the reason we felt it was so important to share various types!

Here are some of the fun facts we offered to the group:

Fun Facts:

  •  In Austria, Lower Austria is known as #Niederöstereich #WineChat
  •  All quality Austrian wine has the red/white/red symbol on its top#WineChat
  • Scared of umlauts? Spell #Grüner Veltliner with an ‘e’ after the ‘u’: Gruener Veltliner #WineChat
  • #Grüner can be vinified in many ways: dry, sweet, sparkling – you name it! #WineChat
  • Text book #Grüner Veltliner is full of green apples, citrus notes & white pepper spice #winechat
  • #Grüner reflects its #terroir as you can see from the variation in style/taste from the bottles. #WineChat
  • Austrian winemaking dates back to 700BC #winechat
  • In 2009, organic viticulture accounted for 7.8 percent of the total cultivated vineyard surface area in Austria #winechat
  • #Grüner is the most widely grown grape in #Austria, but you should also try #Blaufraenkisch, #Zweigelt, #Riesling, Roter Veltliner… #WineChat
  • Kremstal, Kamptal & Traisental DAC classifies Riesling & GV only #WineChat
  • Austria consumes an average of more than 72% of the total wine it produces #winechat
  • Nearly 66% of Austrian wine is white wine #winechat
  • The majority of @austrianwine comes from Lower Austria, the northern portion of the country with 27,128 ha #WineChat
  • Just under 46,000 hectares of Austria are under vine #winechat
  • Quality @AustrianWine is grown in the east bordering Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia & Czech Republic #WineChat
  • Grapes that are not classified in a DAC region can still be grown there under the label Niederöstereich #winechat

 Traisental DAC

  • Traisental DAC Klassik style: fresh, aromatic & spicy, no oak, no botrytis #Huber #WineChat
  • Traisental DAC wines are generally medium bodied w/ compact structure & mineral character #winechat #huber
  • Traisental DAC is full of calcareous gravel soils, vines are often on narrow terraces #winechat #huber
  • Traisental DAC is Austria’s youngest wine growing region & one of the smallest (790 ha under vine) #huber #winechat

Kremstal DAC

  • The Kremstal DAC has two levels: Reserve & Klassick. Dif is min abv and aging time #WineChat #Turk
  • Kremstal Klassik style: Fresh, fruit-driven aromas, gentle spice, no botrytis no oak #WineChat
  • Kremstal DAC is full of weathered primary rock soils #winechat #turk
  • Kremstal DAC has 2,243ha under vine #winechat

Weinvietel DAC

  • Weinviertel DAC classifies only #Grüner#WineChat #Pfaffl
  • Weinviertel DAC hosts the majority of #Grüner production with 13,356ha under vine #WineChat #Pfaffl
  • Weinvietel DAC is full of loess soils (mix of clay, sand, etc.) – great for #Grüner! #winechat #pfaffl
  • Weinviertel DAC Klassik style: Aromatic with spicy pepper, no botrytis, no oak – known for its acidity! #WineChat #Pfaffl
  • Weinvietel DAC was Austria’s first classified region and only #Grüner is allowed to be under this label #winechat

Wagram

  • Wagram #Grüner does well with aging producing ‘hearty & spicy’ wines #Leth #WineChat
  • Wagram #Grüneris generally full of fruit and slightly heavier on the palate than other styles #WineChat
  • The soils of the Wagram are mostly loess. #Grüner is best suited in the portion north of the Danube #winechat #leth
  • Wagram has about 2,450 ha under vine & is divided into two sub areas north & south of the Danube river #winechat

Kamptal DAC

  • In Kamptal DAC soils are mostly loess and primary rock w/some volcanic origin #winechat #LaurenzV
  • Kamptal DAC is one of the highest exported regions #winechat #laurenzv
  • Kamptal DAC Klassik: fruit driven aromas, gentle spice, no oak or botrytis #winechat
  • Kamptal DAC has about 3,800ha under vine #winechat

Thank you to everyone who participated and make #WineChat great! We are so proud to see how much enthusiasm there is for this grape! Preliminary results show that this was the biggest wine chat ever and are so happy we could help expose so many new people to the fantastic efforts of Marie Payton and Dave Reynolds.

Until next time, remember: With #Grüner Veltliner anything is possible.